WeWriWa: When Inspiration Strikes. . . A new addition to my ‘Cowboys and Lawmen’ series

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

WeWriWa: When Inspiration Strikes. . . A new addition to my ‘Cowboys and Lawmen’ series



Home again and back at the keyboard with a new WeWriWa post. One of the best things from my three-week Irish adventure was coming up with a new romantic suspense idea for my “Cowboys and Lawmen” series (tried for one set in Ireland but maybe it was “too soon!”). Talk about an unexpected pot of gold that has me over 80 pages in already. Here’s a taste . . .

Grabbing a clean shirt from his backseat where he kept a change of clothes out of habit and necessity, Zayn was buttoning it when one of the neighbors, who had a daughter the same age as Ela’s, raced up the drive, breathing heavily from the exertion . . . and, he sensed, from fear. Seeing her, Ela came outside, casting an expectant glance up and down the street, but before she could ask her question, the puffing woman wheezed, “Has Lenna come home?”

“Not yet.” Ela stiffened like a hare beneath the circling shadow of a hawk. “I thought she was riding with you and Dee?”

“We waited and waited at the school, but no one had seen her.”

Both men flanked the frozen figure, Lu gently pressing his sister’s shoulder. She shrugged it off, rejecting comfort in her alarm.

“Where’s my daughter?” Ela demanded, chest compressing to crush her shaky words. “Where’s my little girl?”
Maybe it was touring around the wild Irish coast that got me thinking about the rugged isolation of West Texas where every hint of shade hosts something that bites, stings or tears. Or maybe it was the thorny greenery surrounding our side patio.


The best thing about traveling with fellow writers was dedicated time set aside to actually WRITE! Each of us had a separate room, one on the first floor and two up above, each with a desk! As if they had writers in mind! Especially when you have a local energy bar to keep you going.


While away, I did take time to raise a glass (or two or ten) to my American colleagues who were sound asleep during the height of my day. Here’s to you – Slainte!


And here's a little bit of an early Halloween Treat! Midnight Shadows (Touched by Midnight - Book 7) is on sale for $0.99 from October 1st to October 15th!


Published: May 3, 2011
Length: 224 Pages

Looking forward to getting back into your WIPs!

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13 comments

  1. That's great that being with a group of other writers with specific writing time has helped you be productive. Love the snippet you shared.

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    1. It was great having a built in critique group! And thanks!!

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  2. Julie Evelyn JoyceOctober 10, 2021 at 8:58 AM

    Sounds like a great retreat! As always, you manage to hook me into a story with one excerpt. I'm anxious to read more! And I love the new look of your website! :)

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    1. Thanks, Julie! My VA and I decided it was time for a makeover.

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  3. Dramatic snippet! Glad to hear your writers' retreat went so well...

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    1. It was vacay first, writing excursion second and we got plenty of both!

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  4. Terrifying words to say - where's my little girl.
    Love the "energy bar" ;-)
    Tweeted.

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    1. With Gin & Tonic what more could you want in a pick me upper?!

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  5. Great snippet! I could feel her fear. I'm glad you had a good time at the retreat.

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    1. But it's always good to get home to your cats, own bed, and keyboard!!

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  6. That feeling of where is my child, makes my stomach turn, only because I know that feeling.
    And that description of shade in Texas...lol no thank you, won't be visiting Texas any time soon lol.

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    1. LOL! Didn't mean to bad mouth Texas tourism. And (((HUGS))) on having to suffer that feeling.

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  7. I've never been to west Texas, but have heard stories. Your description is spot on--according to my story tellers. :-)

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful (and productive) time across the pond. It was worth the wait, then. :-)

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